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Old 02-17-2016, 01:28 PM
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What I see in Belgium is the same as in other royal families with a new King: more focus on the core royals. In Spain and the Netherlands the siblings and other family have "disappeared". In both countries we see the present King, the former King and the future King and their spouses as the core family. Belgium is also going that way: the focus on Philippe, Mathilde and Élisabeth.
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:44 PM
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Probably reflective of the change. Astrid and Laurent have gone from the children of the king, to the siblings of the king. We will likely see the same in the UK when Charles is king. Where the majority of events once attended by the queen's extended family, will mainly focus on Charles and his family.

Though in this case it would have been nice to see more, since it was a memorial for the entire family. They all have someone buried there to remember.
Normally I'd be OK with that, except for the fact that Astrid and Laurent still get public funding and live in royal residences. To me, that means they are still considered official members of the Royal House.
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:12 PM
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I think as long as they are still doing patronages and representing their brother the appendages are okay. But events like this or Christmas, seem to be along the lines of Trooping of the color, something ceremonial more than an actual 'work' engagement IMO. It seems natural that the focus on ceremonial events would be more on the king and his family. My only issue is with this particular event as it is a family memorial service.
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:11 PM
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Normally I'd be OK with that, except for the fact that Astrid and Laurent still get public funding and live in royal residences. To me, that means they are still considered official members of the Royal House.
This is more a private than a public evenement: attending a Mass for the memory of deceased members of the family Van België/De Belgique/Von Belgien.
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Old 02-18-2016, 05:54 AM
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It would have been nice to see the whole family there, especially because it´s a family memorial service. However, I understand that with new king the whole situation is different.
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Here are some more pics of yesterday's mass:


** dpp: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attend commemoration mass **
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:42 AM
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The Belgian royal family presides over a ceremony in memory of the victims of the attacks in Brussels . So nice to see there the Kings Albert and Paola!

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Old 05-22-2016, 07:56 AM
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I watched it live in TV5. Very touching ceremony and glad to see the whole royal family
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:45 AM
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Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire were present as well.


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On May 25 Queen Paola as President of the Patron's Council of Missing Children Europe, King Albert and Princess Astrid attended the International Missing Children's Day celebration in Brussels. It was also the 15th anniversary of Missing Children Europe.



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The King accompanied by Prince Emmanuel and Prince Gabriel paid a visit to the Belgian Air Force Days at the military base in Florennes, Saturday 25th of June .

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To day at Florennes,more than 100 cars were parked in large meadows. It started raining so heavely that they could not drive anymore and one by one a tractor put their cars out of the meadow.
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Have to kind of laugh at the boys. A bit of a mix on the old 'dress them the same'. If they were the same height, I would think they mixed and matched 2 suits. One in red jacket and navy pants, the other in navy pants and red jacket

Nice to see Philippe out with the boys at the event
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Yes ideed , I did not notice the old dress the same, but Prince Gabriel is changing a lot.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:07 PM
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It was nice to see Gabriel and Emmanuel with Philippe yesterday. Emmanuel looks so much like his father.
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Emmanuel can't deny he's his father's son, he's like a little clone of Philippe: same eyes, bone structure, even the same hair!

Gabriel is growing a lot, I think he might end up being around Amedeo's height or even taller at the rate he's going.

They are all so handsome!
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Prince Laurent and Princess Léa attended the funeral ceremony for Belgian and American Jazz musician Toots Thielemans in La Hulpe today, August 27.

Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans had died on August 22nd at the age of 94.


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Prince Laurent was the Official Prince representing the King and the Queen.
Princess Lea was Guest.
They did not came to-gether
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 19: Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Filip of Belgium and Princes Astrid of Belgium. on October 19, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

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